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William Blake, 1757–1827
The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 21, "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College."
Additional Title(s):
Verso: The Poems of Thomas Gray, Design 22, "A Long Story."
Part Of:

Collective Title: The Poems of Thomas Gray

between 1797 and 1798
Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor with pen and black ink and graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper with inlaid letterpress page
Sheet: 16 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches (41.9 x 32.4 cm)

Inscribed in gray ink upper right: "9"; in graphite upper center: "+"; on verso in black ink upper left: "10"; in gray ink upper center: "A Long Story | Design | 1. A Circular Dance | 2. Fairness riding on Flies | 3. 'An ancient Pile of Building which | Employd the power of Fairy hands' | 4. 'The Seals & Maces danced before him' | 5. A brace of warriors' | 6. Bewitchd the children of the Peasants' | 7. Upstairs in a whirlwind rattle' | 8. Out of the window whisk they flew' | 9. 'At the Chapel door stand centry' | 10. 'A sudden fit of ague shook him' | 11. 'My Lady rose & with a grace | She smild & bid him come to dinner' | 12. 'Guard us from long winded lubbers | That to Eternity would sing | And keep My Lady from her rubbers' "

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
boy | boys | branches | hat | literary theme | text | toy | trees | vials | wind
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IIIF Manifest:

Colin Cross, Blake revealed, William Blake : Discovery of a Masterwork , Observer, vol. 12, November 21, 1971, pp. 19-23, V 1245 Detached from Observer colour magazine [ORBIS]

John Russell, Blake the Craftsman, Art , Sunday Times, Issue no. 7749, December 12, 1971, p, 27, Sunday Times Digital Archive [ORBIS]

Arnold Fawcus, Unknown Watercolours by William Blake, Illustrated London News, vol. 259, No. 6881, December 25, 1971, pp. 45-46, 49-51, Illustrated London News Historical Archive [ORBIS]

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